The Kenyan government has ordered 4.6 million doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, but only those who are fully vaccinated will receive public services–a directive that comes after COVID-19 vaccinations were introduced in the country with little fanfare earlier this year. On December 21st Kenya’s Ministry of Health insists on denying nonvaccinated persons any access to healthcare or social benefits despite having previously said otherwise just days ago when they announced an official “mandatory” vaccination program would be put into place starting January 1st 2020 without exemption possible due out to concerns over causing unnecessary panic amongst its citizens during times where people have lost everything.
“Let us not do the usual thing of waiting until the last minute to start rushing for the vaccine, we set that deadline a long time ago to say that if you want to get on a train, to go to a restaurant, a government office or get onto a plane, you have to be vaccinated,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
According to CS Kagwe, the ministry’s decision does not in any way indicate that vaccination is mandatory.
“We are not forcing any Kenyan to be vaccinated, it is not mandatory. If you dont want to be vaccinated that’s fine with us, so you will be free to operate in a manner that you can, we are sure you will be creative about it, but we cannot risk other Kenyans because 1 or 2 people do not want be vaccinated,” he said.
Annet Gunther, German Ambassador to Kenya, said: “No one is safe until everyone is safe, that is why we regard it as our responsibility to contribute and help our partners worldwide.”
“In the course of the week we shall be receiving 1.2 million doses of Johnson and Johnson from the United States of America,” added CS Kagwe.
Kenya is making an effort to increase its vaccination rates. On Wednesday, faith leaders are expected launch a national COVID-19 campaign where they will commit themselves and allow the Ministry of Health use venues like churches or mosques as distribution points for vaccines within their communities in order meet this goal by December 31st at least 10 million adults have been vaccinated against the virus if not more!
The new shipment has already helped out tremendously with Kenya’s current efforts too since it comes paired up alongside 1) A 100k person per day target which we plan on achieving 2). Fully stocked cold chains ready when needed 3), And all logistics covered from start till end 4
The Director of Clinical Services in Kenya announced today that they have detected seven cases of the Omicron variant, a new virus strain with heightened risk for critically ill patients and hospital workers. The most recent travelers from Uganda arrived on November 29th infected by this extremely dangerous pathogen which can cause severe disease or death within hours if not treated quickly enough. Five were Nigerian citizens while two came from South Africa; all had been visiting family members living near Lake Victoria before becoming contagious themselves when returning home shortly after onset symptoms began showing up during their travels starting last month